At a press conference at noon in Albany today, Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV of Harlem and members of the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force will announce a resolution calling for a statewide boycott of Arizona in response to its new, highly controversial illegal-immigration law. Powell tells us that the resolution — which will urge the state government, as well as private companies, to avoid doing business with the state of Arizona and Arizona-based businesses — "probably" has enough support to pass, and expects it to be voted on in the Assembly, and possibly the Senate as well, on Monday. The resolution isn't legally binding, but will instead serve as a "symbolic appeal." (When pressed as to whether legally binding legislation was possible, Powell noted that it's been done with respect to apartheid South Africa, and said he would "do a little research.") Though it's unclear how much commerce actually takes place between the states currently, Powell hopes that New York's boycott — which would be the nation's first at the state level, voluntary or not — will inspire other states to act. "We hope to actually start a movement," he told us. "Hopefully, this will create a domino effect, so many other states and other jurisdictions at the local level will also follow."
Most Viewed Stories
There Are Pictures of Justin Bieber’s Big Penis on the Internet
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Cast Takes Their 40th-Anniversary Reunion Photo
Selena Gomez Reveals She Has Lupus, Underwent Chemotherapy
Ben Carson Has Absolutely No Idea What the Debt Limit Is
The Brutal Economics of Being a Yoga Teacher
American Horror Story: Hotel Premiere Recap: The Bed Bugs Bite
The Paradox of the First Black President
Florida Settles With Families of Teens Who Died Shortly After Their Principal Hypnotized Them
Amy Schumer’s Saturday Night Live Promos Document the Exact Moment the Backlash Started
PATH-Weary Jersey City Wants to Build a Pedestrian Bridge to Manhattan
Latest News from Daily IntelligencerWho’s Going to Be the Next House Speaker?
Note: Only a handful of people on this list actually want the job.Donald Trump Has at Least One Very Enthusiastic Hispanic Supporter
"Is this a setup?"Weird Accessories Are Fine; Grabbing Women Is Not
In case you were wondering.Republicans Are Calling Their Party a ‘Banana Republic.’ It's More Like a Failed State.
Truly, no one is running the party that controls the legislature of the world's most powerful country.Republicans Scramble to Find Anyone (Qualified) Who Wants to Be House Speaker
The House leadership election has unsurprisingly been postponed.Will Democrats Elect the Next GOP Speaker?
Kevin McCarthy's stunning withdrawal may bring about the unprecedented.Pluto Has Water, Too (of Course, It’s Frozen)
More interplanetary good news from our thirst-quenching solar system.American Who Foiled French Train Attack Injured in Stabbing
Spencer Stone is reportedly in "stable condition."Oklahoma Reportedly Used Wrong Drug in Execution Where Inmate Yelled, ‘My Body Is on Fire’
It took Charles Warner 18 minutes to die.33 Still Unaccounted for in Wake of Kunduz Hospital Bombing
“One of our doctors died on an improvised operating table — an office desk — while his colleagues tried to save his life.”
"I just said, 'I believe that you want the guy behind the counter.'"Dams Fail Across South Carolina As Floodwaters Kill 19
The state is still grappling with the fallout from the historic rainfall.George H.W. Bush’s Diet Includes a Healthy Dose of Fox NewsFueled 2016 Rage
“I notice he’s not watching ‘CSI’ reruns anymore."FIFA Suspends President Sepp Blatter and Two Other Top Executives
"The rot in the FIFA leadership is so extensive."U.S. Government Wants to Know: Why Does ISIS Only Drive Toyotas?
When Toyota adopted the tagline "Let's go places," presumably they didn't mean the 11th century.Officer Who Tackled James Blake Should Be Fired, Panel Says
A return volley from a review board says Officer Frascatore used "excessive force" during the arrest.Russia Continues to Frustrate Everyone (Except Assad) in Syria
Vladimir Putin seems determined to make everything much more complicated in the Middle East.De Blasio Just Made It Illegal to Run the AC With a Door or Window Open
If you're a small business.Ben Carson Has Absolutely No Idea What the Debt Limit Is
The second-place Republican candidate is even crazier and less informed than the first-place Republican candidate.See 4 Moguls Caught in the Ultimate Power Nap
Sandy Gallin, David Geffen, Calvin Klein, and Barry Diller recharging in Mustique.